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10 Inspirational Quotes to Motivate Any Entrepreneur

10 Inspirational Quotes to Motivate Any Entrepreneur
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Words of wisdom from famous (or not so famous) individuals can stick with you throughout your lifetime and inspire you to keep pushing forward during times of adversity.

Business News Daily asked entrepreneurs and business leaders from a variety of industries about what quote has inspired them most and why.

"It never hurts to talk." – Jim Kearney

"My dad advised, 'It never hurts to talk.' The opportunity to learn about what's out there, and meet new people whose paths may cross yours again professionally someday is greater than the present moment, so seize it while it's there." – Jamie Mulholland, owner and law firm marketing consultant at Jamie Mulholland Marketing

"Jungle gyms offer more creative exploration [than ladders]. There are many ways to get to the top of a jungle gym. The ability to forge a unique path with occasional dips, detours and even dead ends presents a better chance for fulfillment." – Sheryl Sandberg

"When I was making a jump from one job to the next, this quote gave me the gusto I needed to be OK with accepting a title that was a step down from my current position." – Christine Rochelle, director of digital marketing, lotus823

"I like things to happen, and if they don't happen, I like to make them happen." – Winston Churchill

"I've found that the key to success is in making things happen — getting out of my comfort zone, being willing to step up and take the reins. Small acts of leadership are often noted when you are actively making things happen." – Nicole Wipp, speaker, author and career coach

"Never grow a wishbone … where your backbone ought to be."– Clementine Paddleford

"This quote reminds me to take responsibility and action whenever I catch myself wishing or waiting for things to change." – Marilyn Suttle, president, Suttle Enterprises

"The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible." – David Ogilvy

"In business or in your personal life, if you have a sense of humor, people will find you more interesting, and you'll be more likely to succeed."  – Jason Parks, president, The Media Captain

"Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then find the way." – Abraham Lincoln

"Life is about risk, determination and good-old ingenuity. Once we set out on a path, we must innovate (or iterate) our way to success."  – Thom Fox, independent strategy consultant

"It always seems impossible until it's done." – Nelson Mandela

"In [finance], the beginning was very difficult and bumpy. So my business partner and I worked days and nights to make it happen. We, of course, hoped for business success but, in the beginning, worked simply out of inertia to actually go through the first year and to make it happen." – Matiss Ansviesulis, co-founder and CEO of Creamfinance

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." – Anaïs Nin

"This quote has remained with me over the years as my go-to words for when things get rough or I feel like I'm stuck in a holding pattern. It speaks to two major themes that are central to overcoming adversity and reaching new heights of success: fear of failure and courage to change." – Antonia Donato, account executive, Pace Public Relations

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." – Maya Angelou

"No matter what my level or role has been, I've always focused on how I can lead with integrity and honesty and to help and encourage others — and to keep my values at the center of all that I do."  – Molly Smith, senior account executive, FleishmanHillard PR

"Life is like riding a bike — you keep riding or you fall off." – Anna Ruth Cheek

"My mother's lifelong advice always comes in handy to keep me pushing forward. She even sends me those words in the mail from time to time." – Lori Cheek, founder and CEO, Cheekd

Shannon Gausepohl

Shannon Gausepohl graduated from Rowan University in 2012 with a degree in journalism. She has worked at a newspaper and in the public relations field. Shannon is a zealous bookworm, has her blue belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, and loves her Blue Heeler mix, Tucker.